Russia planning no war with Turkey — FM

TASS

MOSCOW, November 25. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Moscow isn’t planning any war on Turkey.

“We are not planning to wage a war against Turkey, our attitude towards Turkish people has not changed,” the minister said. “We have questions only to the Turkish leadership.”

According to the diplomat, friendly relations between the peoples of Russia and Turkey do not depend on politicians, but the bilateral ties will be seriously revised after the plane downing incident.

The Russian leadership has no plans to pay visits to Turkey or receive its representatives in Moscow, the Foreign Minister Sergey said.

Lavrov noted that he was going to travel to Turkey to take part in a sessioin of the Russian-Turkish strategic planning council, which is a coordinating body of the interstate dialogue. “Of course, after the attack against our aircraft we have cancelled this session,” the minister said.

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Later in the article, they have this:

Sergey Lavrov also noted that the attack on Russia’s Su-24M plane looks like a planned provocation.

“We have serious doubts that it was unintentional, it looks like a planned provocation,” Lavrov said, adding that some Russian partners call the downing incident “an obvious ambush.”

The Russians are not fools. And this is not the Russia of the 90s. What is to be read between the lines is that Russia may not be planning way on Turkey, but the masterminds behind the provocation: NATO, and specifically the US. – OP

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